O might those sighes and tears

Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 3)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: I cry in grief because of my pride.

Range:  G4 – A5

Tessitura:  B4 – D5

Tempo: Andante con moto; 4/4

Duration:  02:55

Vocal Characteristics: Long legato phrases; high percentage of dissonance, many times vocal line and piano a semi-tone apart switching between B4 and C5; recitative-like section;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Sensitive weeping accompaniment figures; tremolo recitative-like section;

Additional Comments: A sketch of the first 10 measures was scratched out in the manuscript a M3 lower; numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; mm. 3, the manuscript does not contain the marking of lamentoso; pp. 14, mm. 7, manuscript reads “Slow” in the piano score; manuscript indicates the duration as 3:00

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013